Purple Line Corridor Coalition

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The Purple Line Corridor Coalition engages organizations active in the planned Purple Line light rail corridor and provides valuable information to help assure that investments in the Purple Line will achieve the maximum possible economic, social, and environmental benefits to the residents and businesses of the corridor.


Government and Community Stakeholders to Forge a Strategy for Development along the Purple Line

Purple Line Community Compact will create a plan for vibrant economic development and community preservation

Beyond the Tracks ReportBeyond the Tracks: An Agenda for Community and Economic Development in the Purple Line Corridor

Report from PLCC highlights opportunities and challenges, stakeholder priorities, and case studies from Denver and the Twin Cities and helps to inform discussions and point the way to next steps.  Read the report here.

Beyond the Tracks: Community Development in the Purple Line Corridor

More than 260 regional leaders from nonprofit, government, business and philanthropy attended "Beyond the Tracks" on March 21, 2014 to explore how we can learn from other regions to fulfill the Purple Line’s promise.  Learn more here.

Purple Line Corridor Maps

Check out maps created by the NCSG showing the demographic, employment, housing and land use characteristics of the Purple Line corridor. Find the maps here.

View Webinar on the Purple Line Corridor Coalition

The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light rail line extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County (MD) to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County (MD). In this October 30, 2013 webinar, NCSG executive director Gerrit Knaap introduced the recently organized Purple Line Corridor Coalition, formed to maximize the economic, social, and environmental benefits of this significant investment. More specifically, Knaap described why maximizing the benefits of light rail investments requires a corridor wide approach, drawing insights from experiences in Denver, Seattle, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The presentation also included the results of a preliminary analysis of current conditions in the Purple Line corridor.  View the webinar here.

The NCSG Launches Purple Line Corridor Coalition

Maryland Transit Authority is poised to break ground on its new “Purple Line” within the next two years, inspiring government and nonprofit leaders from communities spanning the line to jump on preparations in advance of the new transit corridor. But research shows the best ways for communities to reap the benefits of new transit while protecting their interests is to coordinate their efforts corridor-wide. A new initiative launched by the NCSG, the Purple Line Corridor Coalition, is aiming to guide that effort.   Learn more here.

The Purple Line Coalition in Suburban Maryland: Why TOD is Not Enough

The  NCSG’s Gerrit Knaap spoke on Tuesday, June 25 at "Tuesdays at APA-DC."  He discussed the recently formed Purple Line Corridor Coalition and its efforts to stimulate sustainable and equitable economic development throughout the corridor without displacing affordable housing or small businesses.   Learn more here.

View or download the Purple Line Corridor Coalition flier.

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition aims to:

  • Stimulate economic development
  • Strengthen neighborhoods
  • Engage historically under-represented communities
  • Support distinctive places to live, work and play
  • Provide people of all backgrounds with better access to opportunities
  • Establish the Purple Line corridor as a world class, multi-ethnic corridor of major research and development institutions, small business incubation, and an affordable place to live.

With seed funding from the MTA and UMD, we are creating the coalition and researching inspiring corridor-wide projects in other cities.  We will host workshops focused on issues such as:

  • Jobs and Housing Balance
  • Affordable Housing
  • Workforce Development
  • Labor Market Potential
  • Small Business Retention and Development
  • Intermodal Integration
  • Economic Development

To participate or sponsor workshops and collaborative projects of the coalition, please contact us to learn more.


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PLCC Sponsors

Sponsoring members are helping make the immediate launch of PLCC’s work possible and PLCC is able to receive tax-deductible contributions. Please contact us at plcc@umd.edu if you are interested in becoming a sponsoring member organization.


PLCC Members

Purple Line Corridor Coalition member organizations provide diverse perspectives from local governments, nonprofits, philanthropies, developers, civic and professional organizations, and employers and major businesses throughout the Purple Line Light Rail Corridor and region. Basic membership in the Purple Line Corridor Coalition is free. For sponsoring membership information click here. Interested members can send a letter of support to plcc@umd.edu (sample letter).

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